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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-79

The effect of potash extract on the blood pressure of albino rats

1 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Edo State University, Ekpoma -, Nigeria
2 Department of Microbiology, Faculty Of Natural Sciences, Edo State University, Ekpoma -, Nigeria
3 Department of Physiology, College Of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus Enugu, Nigeria

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The effect of potash extract from plant source in the management of blood pressure was carried out using albino rats. Urethane (an anaesthetic) was used for the rats at a dose level of 5.25 ml/kg body weight in normal saline solution. An anticoagulant (heparinized normal saline solution 10iu/ml) was also employed. The general vasoconstrictor used was nor adrenaline. It was shown that potash extract had a significant reductive effect on the arterial blood pressure to about 72% in the albino rats. This may have some health implications as it could be used in the management of hypertension.

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